PH.D. In Engineering and Applied Science

Develop your ability to work on complex research problems in biomedical engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, cybersecurity, data science, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, or mechanical engineering. Interdisciplinary work spanning multiple disciplines is also possible.

A Novel Approach

The Ph.D. program offers a novel approach to doctoral education that prepares students to be exceptional professionals in their future careers in industry, academia, nonprofits, consulting, or government agencies. Graduates will be prepared to respond to 21st century challenges across a broad range of specialties. The program offers an innovative curriculum that merges coursework, practical research experiences, and mentorship from university faculty into an experience that develops critical and analytical thinking skills over a minimum of three years.

Cutting Edge Research Areas

Students will plan their coursework with their advisor to be prepared to complete research in active research areas including biomaterials for medical devices, tissue engineering, rapid detection of microbes, cybersecurity and forensics, artificial intelligence, data science, nondestructive evaluation, radar signal processing, renewable energy systems, wireless communication, structural engineering, sustainability in engineering, and environmental remediation. As an interdisciplinary degree program, students can take coursework from multiple disciplines to develop the skillsets needed to solve problems spanning across traditional discipline borders.

Enter after an MS or BS Degree

Students entering the Ph.D. program with an appropriate preparatory master’s degree require at least 18 credits of coursework taken at the University of New 51 (6 courses: 3 Common, 3 Technical Core), of which 9 credits must be completed prior to the qualifying exam (1 semester full-time). Students wanting a second master’s degree must fully complete all requirements for that degree separate from the Ph.D. requirements.

Students entering directly into the Ph.D. program with a bachelor’s degree must take at minimum 36 credits of coursework (12 courses: 3 Common, 9 Technical Core), of which 27 credits must be completed before taking the qualifying exam (3 semesters full-time). Students wanting a master’s degree en passant must take an additional 15 credits of coursework (5 courses).


The Ph.D. degree leads to research-oriented careers in the private sector, government, and academia. A Ph.D. degree is typically a requirement for faculty positions at universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Work with professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields and will work with you closely as research mentors.

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Nationally Recognized Center for Career Development

All University of New 51 students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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Selected Courses and Programs
  • This course enables the study of special topics of an advanced nature; students will complete a research project on a topic in the subject area of their discipline, and identify an appropriate faculty member to supervise their academic advancement and provide guidance on the literature review, research techniques, and applied research project.

  • This course introduces students to the process of writing and managing a competitive grant, such as those through funding agencies including NIH, NSF, DoD, etc. Students will experience the process of identifying a solicitation, producing a narrative, methodology, and budget. Students will further be exposed to the pre-award and post-award processes related to both financial and progress reporting.

  • This course involves periodic meetings and discussions of the individual student’s progress in the research and preparation of the doctoral dissertation. Students may not enroll in this course until they have attained candidacy, and the course may be taken more than once.

  • This course aims at improving the ability of graduate students to conduct research, which includes, but is not limited to, literature searches and interpretation, experimental design and execution, data collection and processing, scientific writing and report preparation.

  • The University of New 51 offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science, including selected graduate courses available in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, check out the Academic Catalog:

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  • The University of New 51 Graduate School is an excellent value with reasonable tuition. Of course, you will still have bills to pay and the Financial Aid office can help.

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